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Blog Archive for the ‘Conversations at the Interval’ Category

Podcast: Engram Preservation – Early Work Towards Mind Uploading | Robert McIntyre

by Ahmed Kabil on March 4th, 02020

Is it possible to preserve and read memories after someone has died? Robert McIntyre thinks it is, and that the technology is closer than most people realize. His company Nectome is working on documenting the physical properties of memory formation, and studying ways to preserve those physical properties after death. McIntyre has already won . . .   Read More

Podcast: How to Be Futuristic | Bruce Sterling

by Ahmed Kabil on February 18th, 02020

The future is a kind of history that hasn’t happened yet. The past is a kind of future that has already happened. The present moment vanishes before it can be described. Language, a human invention, lacks the power to fully adhere to reality. We live in a very short now and here, since . . .   Read More

Podcast: San Francisco Time: The Photography of Fred Lyon

by Ahmed Kabil on February 13th, 02020

Fred Lyon is a time traveler with a camera and tales to tell. At 95-years-old, this former LIFE magazine photographer and fourth generation San Franciscan has an eye for the city and stories to match. We showed photos from Fred’s books San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 and . . .   Read More

Podcast: The Art and Science of Deep Time: Conceiving the Inconceivable in the 19th Century | Caroline Winterer

by Ahmed Kabil on February 7th, 02020

The ambition to think on the scale of thousands, millions, even billion of years emerged in the 19th century. Historian and author Caroline Winterer chronicles how the concept of “deep time” has inspired and puzzled thinkers in cognitive science, art, geology (and elsewhere) to become one of the most 
influential ideas of . . .   Read More

Podcast: 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week | Tiffany Shlain

by Ahmed Kabil on February 3rd, 02020

As the world is becoming more technologically connected, finding time for oneself and face-to-face connections is becoming increasingly difficult.  Many of our talks at Long Now have aimed to help expand our collective now by centuries or even millennia, but what about our personal present?  Tiffany . . .   Read More

The 5 Questions We Need to Answer About Artificial Intelligence — Gurjeet Singh at The Interval

by Ahmed Kabil on December 12th, 02019

Creators of AI systems have a responsibility to figure out how they might go wrong, and govern them accordingly. . . .   Read More

The role of 80-million year-old rocks in American slavery — Lewis Dartnell at The Interval

by Ahmed Kabil on December 4th, 02019

When cretaceous-age rocks in the Southern US eroded over millions of years, they produced a uniquely rich, fertile soil that landowners realized was ideal for growing cash crops such as cotton. It was the soil from these rocks that slaves toiled over in the era of American slavery—and the same ground that . . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson on the Ending of Game of Thrones

by Ahmed Kabil on July 15th, 02019

Author Neal Stephenson discusses the controversial ending to Game of Thrones and why endings are generally so hard to nail in works of fiction.

From the Neal Stephenson Conversation at the Interval, “Fall, or Dodge in Hell.” Watch the full video here. . .   Read More